09 May '11, 2pm

An Appliance for Tracking Cooling, Facebook Selects Redwood Systems and More: A watt of power plugged into a s...

An Appliance for Tracking Cooling, Facebook Selects Redwood Systems and More: A watt of power plugged into a s...

Image Credit: Axel Schwenke, flickr A watt of power plugged into a server ultimately turns into a watt of waste heat. That neat equation is at the basis of the EnviroCube, a novel device from TrendPoint to better manage air conditioning in datacenters. It works like this. TrendPoint monitors the power going into various datacenter equipment and the air conditioning system. The data allows it to determine how much heat should be produced and where it will come out. It then cross-checks it against data on the ambient environment to determine cooling efficiency or gaps in a cooling strategy. Most datacenters far overcool their servers to make sure the hottest ones furthest away from the vents get the minimal amount of cold air needed, said CEO Bob Hunter. "A server is a toaster," noted Hunter. "MIPS (millions of instructions per second) per watt keeps going down but total pow...

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